Brechin Hill & Newcastle

When you disembark from the ferries at Departure Bay, Brechin Road runs up the hill beside you. From here, almost all the way to downtown, is the old Newcastle Townsite. This neighbourhood includes a lot of different styles, many of them rare and highly desirable. These homes were built to enjoy the amazing views of Departure Bay and Newcastle Island; decks are large, windows are tall, roads are steep, and there's a sort of maritime feeling. Even if your home doesn't have an ocean view, you will see the water every day - up close - as you come and go.

Note, the real estate board calls this whole area "Brechin Hill" (there was a coal mine called Brechin near the present BC Ferries terminal), while others call it "Newcastle".

View Brechin and Newcastle home listings below, or read more about the neighbourhood.

Properties for Sale in Brechin

16 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Potential Development, Or Purchase It And Have ...

Photo of Listing #425810

$1,199,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 950 ft²

Single Family

393-399 Chestnut Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #425810

Potential Development, Or Purchase It And Have Your Family Right Next Door. This Property Includes 393, 395 And 399 Chestnut St. Three Separate Titles. Two Zoned Duplex And One Is Zoned Single Family Dwelling. These Homes Offer Access From Chestnut And Mapl...

Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty (Nan)

345 Newcastle Ave Is Located On One Of Nanaimo'...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #422133

$1,195,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 3,240 ft²

Single Family

345 Newcastle Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #422133

345 Newcastle Ave Is Located On One Of Nanaimo's Rarest Pieces Of Property, Less Than A Dozen Single Family Homes Sit On Nanaimo's Harbour Front And This Is One Of Them. The 3240sqft 5 Bed 3 Bath Home Was Built Specifically To Take In The Stunning Views Of ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

This Grand Residence Steeped In History, Sits M...

Photo of Listing #427847

$625,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 3,428 ft²

Single Family

178 Bryden Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427847

This Grand Residence Steeped In History, Sits Majestically On A Corner Lot Which Was Once A Part Of The Sloan Estate. In Years Past, This Newcastle Townsite Area Developed Into Nanaimo's Most Exclusive Residential Neighborhood. Its Proximity To The Heart Of...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Behind A Privacy Hedge With Plenty Of Parking &...

Photo of Listing #427564

$574,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,530 ft²

Single Family

1908 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427564

Behind A Privacy Hedge With Plenty Of Parking & Access Off Both Drake & Quadra, The Main Floor Has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms & A Large Shared Living Area. Downstairs Is A Brand New Legal 2 Bedroom Suite With Separate Entrance, Its Own Laundry, Natural Gas Fir...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Great Location! Great Home! Great Features! Oce...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #423576

$549,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,200 ft²

Single Family

1331 Eplett Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #423576

Great Location! Great Home! Great Features! Ocean And Marine Views! Newly Renovated Maple Kitchen With With Pull Out Drawers And Soft Closing And Quartz Counter Tops . Large 20 By 13.6 Master Bedroom, Hardwood Floors,3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Fireplaces, W...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

This Home Is A Perfect Investment. Upstairs Is ...

Photo of Listing #426927

$479,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,072 ft²

Single Family

615 Drake Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #426927

This Home Is A Perfect Investment. Upstairs Is Rented To A Very Nice Tenant At $1,300 Per Month, And You Can Easily Rent The Newly Renovated 3 Bedroom Unit Downstairs At $1,000+, Which Gives You About 6% Return On Investment. The House Has Gone Through Majo...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Two Bedroom 2 Bath Open Concept Condo. High End...

Photo of Listing #422999

$429,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 860 ft²

Condo/Strata

1250 Stewart Ave 305, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #422999

Two Bedroom 2 Bath Open Concept Condo. High End Appliances, Marble Flooring, Counter Tops, Large Balcony. View Of Newcastle And Protection Island. Short Walk To Bc Ferries And Located Right Near The Waterfront Seawall.

Island Pacific Realty Ltd.

Ocean View Home With 2 Bedroom Suite! Lots Of U...

Photo of Listing #426347

$399,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,548 ft²

Single Family

2070 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #426347

Ocean View Home With 2 Bedroom Suite! Lots Of Updates: Kitchens, Laminate Flooring, Gas Furnace 2009, Bathrooms, Insulation, Paint Throughout, Rear Fences . Only 2 Blocks To Shopping Centre, Schools, One Block To Bus Stop, A Few Blocks To Departure Bay Ferr...

One Percent Realty Ltd.(Dunc)

Panoramic Ocean Views From This 4th Floor Corne...

Photo of Listing #427470

$399,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,220 ft²

Condo/Strata

33 Mt Benson Street 401, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427470

Panoramic Ocean Views From This 4th Floor Corner Suite! You Will Enjoy The Expansive Views Of The Harbour From Every Room Of This Spacious 1200+ Sf 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Suite. This Home Features A Large, Bright Open Plan Filled With Natural Light And Beautiful...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Brechin Hill Homes

Ocean views are the norm for homes on Brechin Hill, with about 35-40 multi-family buildings and about 550 single-family homes perched on steep streets running down to the ocean.

This area runs the length of the Newcastle Channel between Departure Bay and Nanaimo Harbour - it's a very central, desirable location - and yet much of it is quiet and cozy, disturbed only by float planes and the horns of the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

The larger portion of this neighbourhood is between the ocean and Terminal Park Mall - on your right for several blocks as you drive off the ferry toward downtown. On this end of Brechin, east/west streets are named for trees: Willow, Chestnut, Maple, etc. The lots in this area tend to be about 6000-9000 square feet, or larger for certain corner properties and lots near the water.

Less quiet is the southern end of Brechin (Newcastle Ave., Vancouver Ave.), closer to downtown and nearer the island highway. For lovers of old-town Nanaimo, this is the best real estate available, matched only by the Old City area. This neighbourhood's streets slope down to the ocean, such that you can usually look down the road and see boats, backdropped by Newcastle Island across a narrow channel. There are a number of apartment buildings and some very fine old homes; this was the original Newcastle Townsite where many of the early 20th century elite built gorgeous estate homes on large lots. These have since been subdivided, but some houses still sit on 10,000-19,000 sqft parcels. If you love mature gardens and fine craftsman homes, this neighbourhood is worth checking out.

Nearest Schools:

  • École Océane
  • Brechin Elementary
  • Cilaire Elementary

Nearest Parks:

Brechin Hill Condos

There are several condos in the Brechin area, from waterfront developments down on Stewart Avenue (the road running between BC Ferries and downtown) to ocean view apartments up on Vancouver Avenue (closer to downtown) and Estevan Road (Terminal Park shopping mall).

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